Dolph Schayes and the Rise of Professional Basketball
"A simple, detailed account of what has become an American pastime/obsession, from when the ‘cord was cut.’ Reading Grundman’s work will leave you a smarter basketball fan, and make you feel warm and comfortable, making mental memories as you learn how the names you may only have heard about, come alive, and give eye-witness accounts on what these legends were truly like."—Utica Observer Dispatch
"Dolph Schayes is an all-time basketball great, a Syracuse institution,
and the embodiment of the NBA’s transition from a small-time, regional
league into a modern, international phenomenon. He gets his due in
this biography by Dolph Grundman, a historian known for unearthing
basketball’s buried roots."—Aram Goudsouzian, author of King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution
"Grundman skillfully captures the early years of the NBA, an era of
excitement and struggle, filling a gap in pro basketball history, a history
that encompasses the life of one of the greatest players of all time,
Dolph Schayes."—Murry R. Nelson, author of The National Basketball League: A History, 1935–1949
Dolph Grundman is professor of history at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado.
He is the author of Jim Pollard: The Kangaroo Kid.
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Grundman presents readers with a portrait, the first of its kind, of Dolph
Schayes—the star of the Syracuse Nationals basketball team during the 1950s
and 1960s. Schayes may not have one of the most recognizable names in
basketball history, but his accomplishments are staggering. He was named one
of the fifty greatest players of all time by the NBA, and he held six NBA records,
including one for career scoring, at his retirement. Grundman chronicles
Schayes’s life from his early days as the child of Jewish Romanian immigrants,
through his illustrious basketball career, first at New York University, then as
part of the Syracuse Nationals. In writing about Schayes’s career, Grundman
also reflects on many of the revolutionary changes that were happening in the
professional basketball world, changes that affected not only Schayes and his
contemporaries but also the essence of the sport.
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6 x 9, 224 pages, 25 black-and-white illustrations, notes, bibliography, index